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Album: Wasting Light (2011)
Charted: 57 83
  • For Wasting Light, Dave Grohl turned the Foo Fighters into a garage band - literally. The group cut the album DIY-style, with old-school tape machines in the Foo frontman's garage at his Los Angeles home. (Grohl's garage is a garage in the sense that you could park not one, but a fleet of cars). In an interview with L.A. Weekly he explained how the homely setting had a profound effect on his lyrics: "At the end of the album I put all 11 songs together and listened to them, and I started to realize, wow, lyrically, there's a theme or there's some common threads that go throughout all those songs. And I realized that the album is about the album. You're surrounded by friends and family and nostalgia, and you're singing about the last 20 years of your life - that became a part of the process."

    The influence of loved ones is very evident on this anthem of healing optimism, which finds Grohl learning to walk again after losing his way. He reveals a renewed lust for life as he repeatedly howls "I never wanna die!"
  • The guy who you can hear playing the organ is Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee. He also contributed keys to three other Wasting Light tracks.
  • Foo Fighters performed this song on the April 9, 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live. It was the tenth time Dave Grohl has been on the show as a musical performer, making him the musician with the greatest number of appearances as a musical guest on the show.
  • The Foo Fighters performed this song at the 2012 Grammy Awards. They won five Grammys at the ceremony; Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for this track, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for "White Limo," Best Rock Album for Wasting Light and Best Long Form Music Video for the Foo's documentary Back and Forth. Grohl said as he accepted the award for Best Rock Performance: "We made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine. The human element of making music is what's important. Singing into a microphone, learning to play your instrument ... It's not about what goes on in a computer."

Comments: 5

  • Thomas from CaliforniaLooks like Michael Douglas in falling down
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlLooooove this song! It's just a great song and album to listen to. Hope they keep it up because these guys are awesome!!!
  • Rob from Moose Jaw, SkThe video for this song is actually a tribute (as in, paying homage to), the 1994 film "Falling Down" starring Michael Douglas. A great concept for the music video!
  • Patrick from Indianapolis, InThis rings really similar to Feel The Silence by Goo Goo Dolls.
  • Mathijs from Houten, NetherlandsA very good and hopeful song. Davy Grohlton & Band are actually very strong at writing those kind of tunes, with Times Like These as the greatest example.
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